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Perlmutter: Good Chance of S-CHIP Override Victory

October 15, 2007

Denver, CO – Colorado's Congressional delegation may find itself at the center of a political storm this week. Seventh District Congressman Ed Perlmutter believes that, for the first time in George Bush's presidency, Congress may succeed in overriding a Presidential veto. The S-CHIP funding bill to expand children's health insurance coverage comes up for a vote this week, and Perlmutter says the effort appears to be gaining bipartisan support.

"We want healthy kids, and that's what this bill is about. It is a big priority for Democrats and, I think, for a number of moderate Republicans."

Perlmutter says supporters are within about 15 votes of victory.

"We think we might win that vote, which is going to be pretty stunning for the President. This is a bill that helps hard-working Americans who want to see that their kids are covered by health insurance."

Perlmutter says the pressure is on in Congress, especially for members like Fourth District Representative Marilyn Musgrave. S-CHIP supporters hope to swing her vote to support an override, although Perlmutter says that won't be easy.

"In a situation where you're overriding a President of your party, that's tough duty. We'll see if she chooses to vote for it or not."

A vigil is planned for Tuesday in Fort Collins, to increase the pressure on Musgrave. The override vote in the U. S. House is scheduled for Thursday.

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO